Zachary Blair | Hour 1 | Chapter 18
Creation of the Warsaw Pact
The Warsaw Pact was formed in 1955 as a counterweight to the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), and to the inclusion of West Germany. During much of the Pact's early existance, the Soviet Union used it as part of the Soviet Ministry of Defense. It was one of the Soviet Unions primary mechanisms for keeping the East European countries under control. The Soviet Union was politcally dominate and it's military intervention kept control of internal affairs.
Members of the Warsaw Pact
End of The Warsaw Pact
The pact only lasted for a little over 35 years. It crumbled for a number of reasons but mostly because of it being under control by unpopular communist rule and due to treaties becoming increasingly obsolete. It crumbled even further as the Eastern countries in the pact gained increasing fear of a Soviet Union attack. Events leading to the disband like the fall of the Berlin Wall, and free elections in Poland made the pact inevitable to fail.